“How greatly I desire that all places where the Church is present, especially our parishes and our communities, may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference!” ~ Pope Francis: Lent Message 2016
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Today is Ash Wednesday, the day that sets the tone for our observance of Lent. Isaiah implores us: return to the Lord with fasting and weeping and mourning – and blow those trumpets! Jesus instructs us to fast, pray and give alms, but be quiet and keep it to ourselves. Continue reading →
“In this crucial year for global development, as Member States work to craft a post-2015 agenda and a new set of sustainable development goals, let us do our utmost to eradicate all forms of human exploitation. Let us strive to build a world of social justice, where all people can live and work in freedom, dignity and equality.”
– UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Dominican Sister of Peace Ruth Marie Smith, OP (91), a native of Louisville, KY, died on January 30, 2016, at Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine, KY). Continue reading →
I can remember an Ash Wednesday Mass about 16 years ago. We had placed the Ashes for Blessing and Distribution in the Sanctuary. The Lenten focus area had been carefully prepared with the Book of the Gospels, the Crown of Thorns and a bowl of ashes to remind us of our need for prayer and repentance. The ashes in the focus area were from one of our team members’ barbeque pits – ONLY as a visible reminder to pray. Continue reading →